Johnson’s column ignored the true history of Republicans

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

The essence of elitism and arrogance is to say, “You just don’t get it.”  “You’re not as informed as I am.” “You live in a bubble.”

Claude Johnson’s recent column says, in effect, people who lay blame at the president’s feet for the scandals in Washington are “living in the conservative media bubble” and “don’t yet quite comprehend what’s going on.” This invective is beneath a man of Mr. Johnson’s character.

The condescending term he created for this is a “condition of ‘unknowing-ness’.” He likens it to the illiterate whites in the South during the post-Reconstruction. His account of post-Reconstruction suggests that Republicans won elections by using a “Southern strategy,” courting racist voters in states with poor educational performance.

The implication: Only stupid, uneducated racist voters vote Republican. The Research and Education Association says “historically as the level of voter education goes up, percentage voting Republican increases.” But Mr. Johnson conveniently ignores that fact.

So many on the left make the morally bankrupt and repugnant argument that Republicans who disagree with President Obama are racist. They ignore that a Republican president ended slavery and it was a Republican Congress responsible for the 13th and 14th amendments.

They ignore the history of crucial Republican support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They ignore that the only African-American secretaries of state were Republicans. They ignore that despite Democrats’ efforts to prevent it, the only black justice currently on the Supreme Court is a Republican and they ignore that the Democrats have since had four opportunity to add an African-American to the high court but haven’t.

They ignore that it took almost 160 years after the Civil War for the Democrats to elect their first African-American U.S. senator, while the Republicans had three. They ignore that the senior African-American senator currently serving is a Republican and they ignore that this senator was appointed by a Republican Southern governor who herself was born of immigrant parents, because it counters their claim that Republicans are anti-woman, and anti-immigrant, as well as racist.

The root of the word “ignorance” is “ignore.”


Frank Trotta
Cos Cob

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